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#335: New book on Haitian folktales (fwd)
From: Emmanuel W. Vedrine <email@example.com>
[WHEN NIGHT FALLS, KRIC! KRAC!
Liliane Nérette Louis
Edited by Fred J. Hay
World Folklore Series The most magical time in Haiti comes when night falls,
for that is when the stories begin. People young and old gather round. The
storyteller says "Kric!" the audience responds "Krac!" and all of the
children become very excited for this means it's storytime. In Haiti, a
country rich in spirit and culture, the oral tradition is alive and well.
Storyteller Liliane Nérette Louis' collection taps into that tradition,
offering us a glimpse into a beautiful and mysterious country. Through
lively tales remembered from childhood, Louis shares with readers and
listeners the warmth, fondness, and humor of her homeland.
Arranged by subjects and themes?Bouki and Malis (mythical characters in
Haitian folklore); stepmothers; animals; kings and princes; ghosts, zonbi,
and tonton makout; and love and courtship?the 28 tales lend themselves to a
variety of purposes. The stories can be used for read-alouds with young
children or for silent reading and reports by older readers. Adult readers
will also enjoy the wit and wisdom of these tales.
Like other titles in the World Folklore series, this book offers more than
just stories. Louis shares a variety of her tantalizing, traditional
recipes. An introduction written by the editor introduces readers to the
history and culture of the country. Color photographs document the people,
their art, and their land, and attractive line drawings illustrate the text.
Recent political developments in Haiti and the large numbers of Haitian
immigrants coming to the United States have generated a growing interest in
our neighboring country. The authentic tales and the unique features of
Louis' work speak to that interest. A valuable resource for school and
public libraries, the book will be enjoyed by storytellers and story lovers
of all ages and backgrounds.
Liliane Nérette Louis is a professional storyteller, Founder and President
of the nonprofit organization Just the Way It Was, and a Health Information
Manager in Miami, Florida. Fred J. Hay is Librarian, W.L. Eury Appalachian
Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina.
Publication date: 1999 viii, 188p. color plates
$26.50 ($32.00 outside North America) PRS872/BI/9/98]
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